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honor and more friends to mourn. chris stevens fell in love with the middle east as a young peace corps volunteer teaching english in morocco. he joined the foreign service, learned languages, won friends for america in distant places, and made other people's hopes his own. in the early days of the libyan revolution, i asked chris to be our envoy to the rebel opposition. he arrived on a cargo ship in the port of benghazi and began building our relationships with libya's revolutionaries. he risked his life to stop a tyrant then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris
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stevenses. i spoke with his sister ann this morning and told her that he will be remembered as a hero by many nations. sean smith was an air force veteran. he spent ten years as an information management officer in the state department. he was posted at the hague and was in libya on a brief temporary assignment. he was a husband to his wife heather, with whom i spoke this morning. he was a father to two young children, samantha and nathan. they will grow up being proud of the service their father gave to our country, service that took him from pretoria to baghdad and finally to benghazi. the mission that drew chris and
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sean and their colleagues to libya is both noble and necessary, and we and the people of libya honor their memory by carrying it forward. this is not easy. today many americans are asking -- indeed, i asked myself -- how could this happen? how could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction. this question reflects just how complicated and at times how con founding the world can be. but we must be clear eyed even in our grief. this was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people
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or government of libya. everywhere chris and his team went in libya, in a country scarred by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. and when the attack came yesterday, libyans stood and fought to defend our post. some were wounded. libyans carried chris' body to the hospital, and they hemmed rescue and lead other americans to safety. and last night, when i spoke with the president of libya, he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort to protect our people and pursue those responsible. the friendship between our countries, born out of shared struggle, will not be another casualty of this attack. a free and stable libya is still
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in america's interest and security, and we will not turn our back on that. nor will we rest until those responsible for these attacks are found and brought to justice. we are working closely with the libyan authorities to move swiftly and surely. we are also working with partners around the world to safeguard other american embassies, consulates, and citizens. there will be more time later to reflect, but today we have work to do. there is no higher priority than protecting our men and women wherever they serve. we are working to determine the precise motivations and methods of those who carried out this assault. some have thought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our embassy in cairo
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yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet. america's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. but let me be clear. there is no justification for this, none. violence like this is no way to honor religion or faith, and as long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of god, the world will never know a true and lasting peace. it is especially difficult that this happened on september 11th. it's an anniversary that means a great deal to all americans. every year on that day, we are
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reminded that our work is not yet finished, that the job of putting an end to violent extremism and building a safe and stable world continues. but september 11th means even more than that. it is a day on which we remember thousands of american heroes. the bonds that connects all americans, wherever we are on this earth and the values that see us through every storm, and now it is a day on which we will remember sean, chris, and their colleagues. may god bless them and may god bless the thousands of americans working in every corner of the world who make this country the greatest force for peace, prosperity, and progress, and a force that has always stood for
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human dignity, the greatest force the world has ever known. and may god continue to bless the united states of america. thank you. >> and that was secretary of state hillary clinton speaking at the state department about tuesday's attack in libya that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans, saying that this is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths and reminding people that the u.s. is a force for peace and progress and that this attack was by a small and savage group of individuals. we remind you that president obama will comment at the white house less than an hour from now. we will also bring you that statement live. this has been a cbs news special report. i'm norah o'donnell along with charlie rose in new york. for those of you in the west, our coverage of this breaking news story continues.
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good morning. to our viewers in the west, it is wednesday, september 12th, 2012. welcome to ""cbs this morning." the u.s. ambassador to libya has been killed. we'll have complete coverage from the middle east to washington. the white house denies the president is snubbing israel's prime minister before the election. in studio 57 this morning, bob woodward. what to expect from apple's iphone announcement today. we begin with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. this is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the
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world. >> four americans dead, including the u.s. ambassador after an attack in benghazi. >> storming the consulate under the cover of darkness. >> increased protection for all u.s. interests overseas. >> protesting a film made in the u.s. critic aal of the muslim prophet mohammed. >> thoughts make our people angry, because they will kill. they will fight. >> israel's prime minister, pressuring the united states to take a tougher stand against iran over its nuclear program. >> to ease tensions, the president spoke last night for an hour from president netan netanyahu. >> the world tells israel, wait, there's still time. and i say wait for what? thunderstorms drench las vegas. flash floods delay flights and knock out power to thousands. >> oh, wow! oh, my goodness, guys. >> here we go! >> downtown l.a. chase came to that dramatic end, chase between police and gunmen.
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the duchess of cambridge seen toasting with water, not wine. >> oh! >> all that matters. >> let the buzz begin. apple is set to announce the latest version of the iphone today. try to enjoy those last few hours before your current iphone sucks. welcome to "cbs this morning." we are standing by for a live statement from the white house by president obama. he will respond to the killings of the united states ambassador to libya and three of his staff members. they were killed as protesters attacked and burned the american consulate in benghazi, libya, last night. dozens of protesters attacked the u.s. embassy in egypt. >> ambassador to libya, chris stevens, is the first american
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aambassador to be killed in an attack since 1979. holly williams begins our coverage from turkey. >> reporter: we now have confirmation of the second diplomat killed in the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. officials have named him as shawn smith, an information management officer. violence in libya and the angry protests outside the u.s. embassy in cairo, egypt, were both sparked by a video made in the u.s. it mocks the prophet moment. this was the scene at the consulate this morning, smoldering remains, scorched walls and a trampled american flag. the night before, armed men stormed the consulate with automatic weapons. some reports say they threw grenades and homemade bombs. they overwhelmed the libyan security forces that were guarding the complex, then they forced their way into the compound and set the consulate building on fire.
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a night of destruction carried out in the name of religion that left the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other staff members dead. >> stopping is our hope -- >> reporter: this man wasn't one of the attackers but a local resident who shared their outrage. >> so don't make our people angry, because they will kill. they will fight. >> reporter: outside the u.s. embassy in cairo, this crowd of conservative muslims was also furious about a film they believe is blasphemous. the group who entered the embassy grounds was quickly removed. on the anniversary of september 11th with the u.s. flag flying at half-staff, they pulled it down, tore it to shreds and then set it on fire. this man says he was angry with his own government for not taking a stronger stand against america. he wants egypt to sever relations with the u.s. the protests continue into the
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nig night, producing this film will do you no good, they chanted. tomorrow we will chop off your hand. the libyan government has condemned the attacks as a criminal act perpetrated by those who want to undermine the foundation of democracy in the country. libyan government has offered its condolences to the united states on behalf of its people. for cbs "cbs this morning," hol williams, turkey. >> holly williams, thank you. margaret brennan is at the state department where secretary of state hillary clinton spoke moments ago. strong words from the secretary. >> reporter: strong condemnation from the secretary this morning, norah. and a painful message for so many here at the state department. many americans may not realize that the face of america abroad is represented by the people who work here at the state department. and certainly u.s. ambassadors to libya, chris stevens, who died in that attack in benghazi yesterday was remembered by
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secretary clinton for his dedication over the past 21 years. this is how she described the attacks. >> this is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world. we condemn in the strongest terms this senseless act of violence and we send our prayers to the families, friends and colleagues of those we lost. >> the secretary said she spoke with the family members of the ambassador and three other individuals who were killed in that attack that were carried out in a city that nato forces, along with american support, helped to liberate a little over a year ago as moammar gadhafi was overthrown as part of the arab awakening that swept through the middle east. >> the secretary not only praised the colleagues of chris
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stevens and those that were lost but praised the libyan government and said this was an attack by a small and savage group but that the government helped to defend the consulate. >> reporter: that's right, charlie. the consulate -- this is kind of technical, but is under the responsibility for the host country for protection. the libyan government released a say statement this morning, condemning the attacks, expressing their sorrow. how this represents in many ways the type of vacuum that has been created in the wake of the fall of gadhafi, moammar gadhafi and the rise of this new government. the eastern portion of the country has security issues, people who carried out this attack, it's unclear as to who exactly they are. they are making a point in libya to differentiate between the mob, the attackers and the interest of the libyan government. >> margaret brennan, thank you.
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president obama sending an anti-terrorist unit to libya this morning and plans to increase security at american diplomatic posts around the world. david martin is at the pentagon. david, good morning. >> good morning, charlie. that team is coming out of spain across the mediterranean to libya. it will consist of about 40 marines and it will go into the embassy in tripoli in an attempt to beef up security there. at the same time, the usair force is flying planes down to libya. one, two bring back the bodies of the four americans who were killed. but, two, to be prepared in case the evacuations of further americans is needed. and as you said, the president has ordered improvements in security at embassies all around
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the world. there is no indication that u.s. military forces are being sent to other embassies. as margaret pointed out, security at a consulate is the responsibility of the host government. and i think it was quite notable that secretary of state clinton did not come close to criticizing the libyan government for not providing sufficient security at that consulate. in fact, she praised them for fighting alongside the americans who were trying to defend the c consulate, taking the ambassador's body to a hospital and then helping the remaining americans at the consulate get away. and they are believed now to be safe in tripoli. >> david, it's early yet. obviously. do we know anything from the national security teams that are part of this government as to the groups that did this and whether they're linked or organized in any way? >> i have not heard anybody see
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a pattern to this other than this small group. but, look, this is a very ten use situation. this anti-muslim video continues to circulate around the internet, you could have demonstrations that turn violent in all parts of the world. and diplomats in general are particularly worried what's going to happen on friday when the muslim world has its friday prayers and depending on what is said at those prayers, it could incite further violence. >> thank you, david. the white house has put out a written statement from the president. the white house is monitoring this situation. nancy, this has been a foreign policy success for the president. libya. and now what's happened today certainly is something that will consume a lot of his time. >> it absolutely is, norah the
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last time a u.s. ambassador was killed by terrorists was in 1979, making ambassador stevens only the sixth u.s. ambassador in history to be killed by terrorists. president obama did put out a statement earlier this morning, condemning the attacks and saying, quote, on a personal note, chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the united states. throughout the libyan revolution he selflessly served our country and the libyan people at our mission in benghazi. in that rose garden statement today we expect him to address the security situation, how this could have happened in one of the most unstable countries in the world. norah and charlie. >> nancy cordes, thank you. president obama is scheduled to appear shortly with sec
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,, . good morning welcome to "the cutaway." here with kevin prince, cbs "this morning" social media producer. good morning. >> exciting day here. as always we have a very busy back stage area, our green room is busy right now, new york city mayor michael bloomberg just walked in. he'll be coming up at 7:30. we're excited to have him here. >> you can actually see, if you can pan over there but there's a lot of people. we don't have room to do it but a lot of security personnel. first thing you'll notice when you walk into the behind-the-scenes area. mayor bloomberg is here to talk about the factors that led to the financial crisis. he'll be in washington, d.c. talking to the washington economic club later on today but we're getting a sneak peek what he'll say. also on the show tell me about dale earnhardt jr. >> dale earnhardt jr. sort of a big deal here at cbs.
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we've done a few of these series before it's called "note to self" and this is when we ask people of celebrity stature to come on and write a letter to their 16-year-old self. so we did it with oprah before. this morning we're is going have dale earnhardt jr. do his "note to self" and our producer cuts all of these interviews and we painful have these celebrities write letters to their 16-year-old self reflecting on their life. so dale earnhardt jr. will open up about the relationship that he had with his father which is going to to be pretty amazing. >> he reads the letter on air. >> he reads the letter on air, it's a taped piece. highly edited. we take a look back at his life through his eyes and personal views of the advice he would give his younger self, so it should be a wonderful piece and we'll have that at 8:00 a.m. and we want you guys to interact with us using the hash tag on twitter of #notetoself.
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if you're a nascar fan you don't want to miss this. it's a great piece. >> also on the show we'll talk about mark zuckerberg's first public appearance since the facebook stock plunged nearly hall of its price during the ipo. so we have that report out of san francisco. also a huge day in tech, we have announcements pending, coming up, everybody is talking about it important the apple iphone 5. your going to get it? >> i've been waiting for this for a months. everybody has been waiting for the iphone 5 come out. today is september 12th, go on our facebook page, see the promotion for september 12th. big announcement from apple. we'll have brian cooley here to tell us what to expect from apple. >> i'll get on the pre-order ,,,,
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a scary moment captured by youtube. a rider in this group of motorcyclists said he never saw a slow moving trailer. he slammed into it and flew into the air ending up with a broken arm and leg. it was all captured by video camera mounted on another bike. wow. wow is right. welcome back to cbs "this morning." four years ago today the federal reserve began a series of emergency meetings that ended with lehman brothers going bankrupt. the wall street giants failure touched off a financial crisis leading to the recession. >> mayor of new york, michael bloomberg speaks to the economic club of washington about the factors that led to the financial collapse and what's ahead for the economy. mayor bloomberg joins us this morning. what's the most important message you can bring to the economic club of washington about the crisis that we face?
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>> we are four years after lehman brothers. 11 years after 9/11. and the country still is not focusing on how we create jobs for our people, and how to improve our situation compared to other countries down the road. washington is focused on its politics. the good news is cities are focused on trying to do something about it because local city governments don't have the luxury of being on the both side of every issue. the public demands action. you see around all the progress we're making whether creating jobs or improving the environment or improving education or trying to fight against guns all of those things are done at a local level. nothing is getting done at a federal level. >> a lot of conservatives say that's a good thing that the federal government is not doing very much. what's the counter argument? >> i think that's fair to say but the federal government still takes all of our tax money. if the federal government didn't tax and let the cities do those taxes you could make that argument. but as long as the federal
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government is taking taxes which conservatives say are too high, then they have a responsibility to use those monies intelligently to help the cities. there are clearly thing we have to do at a national level, defense and thing like that. but there are things at a local level that the local governments can do. the trouble is that the federal government gets in the way. we need more immigrants, federal government prevents them from coming here. we need more tourists. federal government makes it difficult to get one. the federal government imposes requirements on things to build things that won't work or make it so difficult to do that all it is what they think is a job creation and it's not creating jobs. >> do you believe president obama and governor romney have laid out the specificities as to what they would do to avoid the crisis? >> no, i don't think they have. in all fairness to them, when you live in a world where the press reduces everything to a sound bite i'm sympathetic they
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can't give a comprehensive plan to a difficult problem. having said that they have not done in the past what they should have done when they had the opportunities. >> i just think that the problem is they don't make themselves available much beyond the sound bite. if the president would come here to this table or governor romney we would give them time to lay it out. they don't do that. >> i talk to the press five days a week. >> we're not talking about you, we're talking about the president of the united states who wants to be re-elected and governor romney. >> address your concerns to the white house press secretary or governor romney's campaign not to me but i think it's fair to say they don't think it's in their interest to do so. >> the word about political -- >> i think rather than what they say which is relatively sanitized and tries to avoid anything controversial is very fair for to you go back okay president obama last four years here's what you campaigned on
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this is what you did. governor romney this is what you did in massachusetts. those are fares things. don't focus on what they say because -- if they give you any ammunition their advisors will take home to the wood shed. >> someone said blame never solved a problem. looking forward, what should congress and the federal government be doing that you think could help job creation? >> well, i think things like let's invest in infrastructure. we need infrastructure desperately. infrastructure is not a jobs creation program in the short term. it gives us the tools to have an economy down the road but most people unemployed are not going out and working in construction. construction is something you spend your life doing, it's a tough things, you do it outside, you have to have a lot of experience, it's dangerous. you just by throwing more money at let's say go build another dam isn't going to do it. today you can build hoover dam
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10% of the people you did back then. we're sending industries overseas thanks to our immigration policy because we are not giving the school system the support they need. think about this. everybody agrees education is the most important thing. down the road, technological global world. our federal government is defunding education as our state governments around the country at exactly the time they should be putting more into it. >> the president would make the case he proposed an american jobs act that would invest more in infrastructure and education, invest more in police officers and law enforcement on the streets and that the republicans blocked that plan. >> yes. a lot of that is true, not totally. still the president's job to pull everybody together. nobody runs for office and say it's going to be too complex i can't do it for partisan reasons. they say elect me i'll find a way to get it done. it's still his responsibility. he had a democratic congress both in the senate and the house
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for a while. and the republicans are maybe just anything for no for political reasons, still the preident's job to pull them together. incumbent on romney for him to say how he would get the congress to get along. they are not going to have big enough majorities to do anything they want. they have to reach arose tcross aisle. this country is fundamentally divided into two different areas, two different political philosophies. but nevertheless the federal government collects an enormous amount of taxes and gets in the way on virtually everything that i think is needed. take a look at what new york city has done. we're most the only city. i'm not sure everything we do can to be done elsewhere in the country. the economy has replaced 40% of the jobs loss during the recession. new york city's economy has
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replaced 200% of the jobs we lost. if the country had our rate of growth we would have 12 million more jobs here. there are things you can do. but washington, every time, every single program is designed to take money away from the economic engines which is basically the cities and move them to other places in the country where they have their own economics. and the republicans say, oh, the democrats just want to have public service jobs. there's some truth to that. just remember, it's the republicans who want to vote more money for weapons that we don't need that the military doesn't even ask for or want. that's all job creation at the federal expense. >> should president obama meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu? >> i'm not going to second guess the president. i was told they talked for an hour. i think it's the president should be meeting with everybody he can but his schedule, obviously, may get in the way of some things. whether this is a political thing or not, i don't know. israel is in a difficult
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position. it's a country that everybody is building nuclear weapons. what happens if one of the countries close to us would say the same thing. >> is it reasonable for prime minister benjamin netanyahu request the united states set a red line beyond which they will do something. >> i don't know what reasonable is. if i was benjamin netanyahu and they didn't set a red line i wouldn't believe that the tools that we're trying to use now, namely sanctions would be remotely as effective as if they had a date. sanctions or restrictions on trade, economic penalties work, and for example, in the united states we had that policy of using restrictions on where you can travel to get rid of fidel castro and it work. it took 45 years to work. unless you have
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chili's lunch break combos are a sizzling deal, starting at 6 bucks. try our new lunch-size chicken fajitas, this is a cbs news special report. i'm scott pelley at cbs news headquarters in new york. good morning. we are on the air because president obama is about to make a statement from the white house rose garden about the killing of the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans on his staff. to bring you up to date, ambassador chris stevens and the others were killed yesterday in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the attackers were muslim protesters apparently angry about an internet film produced in the united states that rid kulz the prophet muhammad.
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also among the four killed was sean smith, a foreign service information officer. the other two americans have not yet been identified because the state department is still notifying their families. cbs news national security correspondent david martin has been looking into all this at the pentagon. david? >> scott, good morning. u.s. officials do not believe these killings were the work of that mob that was demonstrating at the u.s. consulate. u.s. officials believe that within that mob, there were heavily armed militants who were, if you will, using the demonstration as a cover to get into that consulate and then take as much revenge as they could on americans. now, whether they were seeking revenge for this anti-muslim video or whether they were simply trying to kill americans on the anniversary of 9/11 is
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still unclear. >> david, thank you. let's switch to the white house rose garden. we have a live picture from the rose garden. the president will be stepping into the rose garden from the oval office. that's the door to the oval office you see there. he'll be coming out in just a moment. we are told that he will be accompanied by secretary of state hillary clinton. our white house -- and here comes the president and the secretary of state. and now the comments of the president of the united states. >> good morning. every day all across the world, american diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation. often, they are away from their families. sometimes they brave great danger. yesterday, four of these extraordinary americans were killed in an attack on our
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diplomatic post in benghazi. among those killed was our ambassador, chris stevens, as well as foreign service officer sean smith. we are still notifying the families of the others who were killed. and today, the american people stand united in holding the families of the four americans in our thoughts and in our prayers. the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. we're working with the government of libya to secure our diplomats. i've also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. and make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. since our founding, the united states has been a nation that respects all faiths. we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs
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of others, but there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence, none. the world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts. already, many libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the united states and libya. libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside americans. libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried ambassador stevens's body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died. it's especially tragic that chris stevens died in benghazi, because it is a city that he helped to save. at the height of the libyan revolution, chris led our diplomatic post in benghazi with characteristic skill, courage and resolve. he built partnerships with libyan revolutionaries and helped them as they planned to build a new libya. when the gadhafi regime came to
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an end, chris was there to serve as our ambassador to the new libya, and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy. and i think both secretary clinton and i relied deeply on his knowledge of the situation on the ground there. he was a role model to all who worked with him and to the young diplomats who aspire to walk in his footsteps. along with his colleagues, chris died in a country that is still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war. today the loss of these four americans is fresh, but our memories of them linger on. i have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work that they did far from our shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home. of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation, as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. we mourned with the families who
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were lost on that day. i visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in iraq and afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of arlington cemetery and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at walter reed. and then last night, we learned the news of this attack in benghazi. as americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. our country's only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those, both civilian and military, who represent us around the globe. no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.
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today we mourn four more americans who represent the very best of the united states of america. we will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. and make no mistake, justice will be done. but we also know that the lives these americans led stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers. these four americans stood up for freedom and human dignity. they should give every american great pride in the country that they served and the hope that our flag represents to around the globe who also yearn to live in freedom and with dignity. we grieve with their families, but let us carry on their memory and let us continue their work in seeking a stronger america and a better world for all of our children. thank you. may god bless the memory of those we lost and may god bless the united states of america. >> mr. president, was this an act of war?
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>> the president live in the rose garden, declining to take questions from reporters there. let us show you a little bit of the footage of the u.s. consulate in benghazi clearly set fire by people who were in the mob. we have received a report from the "associated press" this morning from the hospital in benghazi which quotes a doctor there saying that ambassador stevens apparently died of smoke inhalation, and he had not suffered any other kinds of wounds. it wasn't entirely clear why the ambassador was at the consulate in benghazi as opposed to his embassy in the city of tripoli, but some reports have indicated that the ambassador was concerned about the unrest in benghazi, concerned about his staff there and personally made the trip to make sure that his staff was safe. secretary of state clinton made her own remarks a little bit earlier this morning a few blocks away at the state department.
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here's a little bit of what the secretary had to say. >> let me be clear, there is no justification for this, none. violence like this is no way to honor religion or faith, and as long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of god, the world will never know a true and lasting peace. >> the state department told us today that ambassador chris stevens was the sixth u.s. ambassador killed in the line of duty in the history of our country. the last was u.s. ambassador to afghanistan, adolph dubs, and that was back in 1979. we will be following this story throughout the day. we'll be back on the air with any major developments, and of course, we will have a complete wrap-up on the story right here on the "cbs evening news." for those of you in the west,
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is u.s. ambassador with roots here in the day iraq is among four people killed in an attack on the u.s. consulate in libya this is chris stevens said he grew up in piedmont and had degrees from uc-berkeley and e.c. seems college of law. president obama's told a briefing condemning the attacks and u.s. will work with libya to bring the attackers to justice. the film was produced by an american who is now believed to be in hiding here in the state of california. ,,,,,,,,
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captioning funded by cbs it is 8:00 a.m. in a white house statement minutes ago president obama condemned the attack that killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador in libya. secretary of state clinton says the attack should be a shock to people around the world. we'll have full coverage in this half hour, and here's a look at what's happening in the world and what we've been covering on "cbs this morning." >> make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> the united states ambassador to libya and three of his staff members were killed as protesters hacked and burned the american consulate in benghazi, libya, last night. >> the violence in libya and the angry protests outside the u.s.
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embssy in cairo, egypt, both sparked by a video made in the u.s. >> the white house trying to downplay a diplomatic squabble between the u.s. and israel. >> the squabble led to a one-hour phone call between president obama and prime minister netanyahu late last night. in las vegas, torrential downpours left parts of the city underwater. >> oh, wow. oh, my goodness, guys. >> when you campaign in the world where the press reduces everything to a sound bite, i am somewhat sympathetic. >> if the president were to come here to this table or governor romney, we'd give them time to lay it out. they don't do that. >> we know dwight howard can play basketball but what about singing? ♪ >> no. >> did you find it hard initially to be critical of people? >> no. >> and let the buzz begin, apple is set to proa announc the latest version of the iphone today. >> the iphone 5 is here, let's celebrate! cons, and the battery's already
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dead. >> i'm charlie rose with no rra o'donnell and gayle king. ambassador chris stevens was killed during an attack last night on the american consulate in benghazi. >> officials were trying to evacuate staff from the area. the attackers threw hand made bombs and grenades at the building setting the kans lat on fire. the attacks were triggered by a movie that denounces islam. >> the president spoke about the deaths of the four americans just a few minutes ago at the white house, nancy cordes is there. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, charlie. the president condemned what he called this shocking atack and said that the u.s. government is working to secure diplomatic staff in libya and to increase security around the world. and interestingly, charlie, he did appear to make reference to that movie that has enflamed some passions throughout the middle east. take a listen to what he said.
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>> since our founding, the united states has been a nation that respects all faiths. we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence, none. the world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts. already, many libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the united states and libya. >> reporter: just a few moments ago the president left the white house en route to the state department to meet with secretary of state clinton and others. earlier this morning in her own statement she said that ambassador stevens had started in the please corps and fell in love with the middle east and she had hand picked him when the revolution started in libya to serve as the liaison first to the revolutionaries and then to this fledgling government. sean smith, the other man who was killed, she said, was
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stationed in the hague and only on a short mission to libya, he leaves behind, she said, two children. she acknowledged that a lot of americans are going to be asking a key question this morning, here's what she said. >> today, many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself, how could this happen? how could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from destruction. this question reflects just how complicated and at times how confounding the world can be. but we must be clear-eyed, even in our grief. >> she went on to make the case, charlie, and norah, that this attack was put out as she put it a small and savage group and is not representative of how the libyan people view the united states. >> nancy cordes, thank you.
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because of these attacks president obama is ordering added security for u.s. diplomats worldwide. david martin is at the pentagon. david, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. >> there is this one question, what is the pentagon worried about and what steps are they taking to somehow respond to those concerns? >> well, first and foremost, they are sending a team of about 40 marines from where they're based in to the capital of tripoli to beef up security at the u.s. embassy there, because clearly the u.s. did not have adequate security surrounding the consulate in benghazi, but this problem goes much beyond libya, in fact, the taliban has now released a statement urging all its fighters to kill american soldiers in afghanistan in revenge for this anti-muslim
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video. insider attacks as we know are already a problem in afghanistan, and this is clearly only going to increase that threat, because most of these insider attacks are for some real or imagined cultural insult, and many muslims see that video as a cultural insult. >> david, thank you very much. >> this morning, republican presidential candidate mitt romney also condemned the attack, speaking in jacksonville, florida, romney called it "outrageous, disgusting and heartbreaking." >> i know that the people across america are grateful for their service, and we mourn their sacrifice. america will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies. we'll defend also our constitutional rights of speech, and assembly, and religion. we have confidence in our cause
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in america. >> and we will continue to monitor this developing story and bring you the latest. also in the race for the white house, the obama campaign is sending former president bill clinton to florida, and other major battleground states in an effort to get out the democratic vote. bill plante is in miami where mr. clinton kicked off his tour. >> good morning to you, norah. president obama dubbed former president clinton as the "secretary explaining stuff." he's on the road in his first surrogate experience for the obama campaign and he dived right into it. clinton told the crowd of over 2,000 at florida international university in miami that president obama was moving the economy in the right direction. >> so the task is not whether you think everything's hunky dory. if that were the test, the president would vote against himself. >> reporter: at least half those here were students, too young to remember clinton's presidency but they cheered him like a rock star as he defended this
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administration's policies and urged them to get out and vote. >> if you're looking for the future, i think the president's budget plan is better, meets the arithmetic test, and i know the economic plan is better, and i know it will not amount to a hill of beans if you don't register and vote. >> reporter: no one can remember a former president working as hard to get one of his successors reelected, though this effort benefits the clintons as well if hillary clinton decides to run in 2016. >> bill clinton simplifies all the political garbage. >> reporter: clinton worked the crowd with the same enthusiasm as when he was running and the audience loved it. >> he is such a well-respected president. >> reporter: president obama is also working hard to show audiences a more personable face, the better contrast himself with the more reserved mitt romney and leverage his higher likability rating. last weekend in florida, he hoisted a cold one in a bar, did
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the florida gator chomp, and let himself be lifted in a bear hug off the floor by the enthusiastic owner of a pizza parlor. and that's not all. next week the president returns to the letterman show to mix it up with dave, it's probably not quite the same as bill clinton playing the sax on the old arsenio hall show some of you will remember but another try for the president to show that he can be easy-going and approachable, more so than mitt romney.
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he is the son of a nascar legend and pretty good driver himself. this morning, dale earnhardt jr. shares revealing thoughts's he'd like his 16-year-old self to know. our "note to self" series is coming up next on "cbs this morning." [ female announcer ] to get a professional cleansing system
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a series "note to self" is based on this idea, if you could offer insights and advice to a younger you, what would you say? this morning popular nascar driver dale earnhardt jr. writes about his relationship with his legendary dad and his own racing career. >> to a 16-year-old dale jr. i'm writing this letter to you is going force me to think pretty deeply about my life and you know thinking deeply is never one of your favorite activities. you always did an always will shoot for the c on your report card. anything more than that will always be a surprise to you, right? you just got your driver's license, your heart belongs to no one, and you're is going
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spend a lot of nights in your bed in your pickup truck up in the field staring up at the stars worrying about your future. >> i want to be a race car driver some day. it's a great sport. i love it. >> your father's accomplishments on the racetrack already cast a pretty heavy shadow over your existence and he's going to accomplish more in the years to come and your fear of living anonymously and forgotten is going to grow. now you don't have much of a connection with your mother. and your efforts in that regard are disappointing. in the future she's going to become a consistent prominent figure in your life. but you shouldn't waste the years in between. her love is truly unconditional kind. you shouldn't take it for granted. living under your father's roof
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doesn't bridge this incredible gap between you two guys. but in due time you'll enjoy the most incredible relationship with him. one afternoon, after crashing the car you'll go home thinking your career is over and busts in through the door is your dad wondering why you're sitting on the tail feeling sorry for yourself. for the next two hours you'll have the most influential conversation you'll ever have with him. he's going to finally assure you of what lies ahead. he'll share laughs and triumphs at his side. when those times come, its in your best interest that you get everything you possibly can. when it's you and him in that moment, in that moment, you live to the fullest.
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>> we've lost dale earnhardt. >> students race car driver let's talk about racing. when i look at your career from the start of go-karts all the way up to today, it's going to feel clunky and impromptu and going to be lacking in successes, but fortunately for you every weekend there will be another race. now with that said you're going to be so deathly frightened of potential fail lawyer you won't realize how much fun you're having. you're going to win a lot of race races. as painfully shy as you are, you'll overcome in an ran not just driving cars.
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you'll become president, you'll get on late night shows, and it's incredible but true. that's not too bad for a guy that changes oil for a living. yes, you're is going to change oil for a couple of years. it's not as bad as it sounds. overall, you just need to be more sure of yourself. you're going to do great thing, man. you're is going to have an awesome life. you have a great heart and it's is going to stay with you throughout. so don't be so timid and worrisome about the future so much so that you can't enjoy the present. you're there worried about being here. just go have some fun, man. jump in that s-10 and go down the concord and cruise the strip because you're going to be here soon enough. >> that's from my home state of north carolina. what i'm struck by as he talked about his dad who had a unique hold on the nascar racing fan, live life to the fullest and
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drive to the fullest. >> his dad, i have to say that's one of the most personal ones we've seen. when he said you'll do great things not bad for a guy who changes oil for a living. dale earnhardt. >> great guy, great driver. >> nicely done. prince william and kate might have babies on the mind. we'll show you what else they are doing on their visit to singapore. they have other things to do on cbs "this morning." >> but not drinking wine. >> not drinking wine. i'm bonnie, and this is my cvs. i don't have time for the flu. that's why i'm knocking things off my to-do list. vitamin d, done! hand sanitizer, done! hey, eric! i'm here for my flu shot. sorry, didn't make an appointment. well, you don't need one. whether it's flu shots or prescriptions, we continue to accept express scripts and medco plans.
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in the headlines president obama calls the death of the u.s. ambassador to libya senseless. promises justice will be served. chris stevens was killed and a mob attack in the u.s. consulate and in gauzy. he grew up in piedmont and graduated and from cal and went to high school uc in bits hastings. said the ambassador died of smoke inhalation. three of the members of the staff also killed. back call alameda firefighters rescued a man from a burning apartment filled in. the fire started a run 1:00 this morning with 15 people left homeless. traffic and weather up next.
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three is a magic number. >> the talk live from season 3. today brooke shields. jamie sagal and iron sanchez. >> bigger, bolder, better. >> i'm sorry. >> live on cbs. welcome back to cbs "this morning." we told you earlier that prince william and kate are getting a lot of extra attention this morning on their trip to asia. >> seth stone is covering the royal visit in singapore where the crowds have been large and loud. >> reporter: today we saw the royal couple really interacting with the public for the first time on this trip. but you didn't have to turn to see them approach, you could hear them approach as the roar
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from the crowd got louder. the duke and duchess of cambridge toured businesses, community centers and even a biosphere on their first full day in singapore. many gathered along the way to look at the biggest attraction here was the royal couple itself. what is it about william and kate that excites all of you so much? >> this seem so perfect. >> they're a cute couple. >> reporter: we found these 14-year-old british students who ditched class to try to catch a glimpse. they stood with hundreds of others in the searing sun while william and kate toured a climate controlled paradise. here the prince's passion for conservation was on display. then the royal couple gave the the throngs what they wanted. even the 14-year-olds we met got a little one on one time.
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>> yeah, it was incredible. >> reporter: this followed an evening of more formal duty when is the prince himself a pilot in the royal air force inspected singapore's honor guard with the president. it was the prince who looked almost presidential in the photo op. in a nod to the host country, kate sat nearby in a dress by a singaporean designer. then it was on to dinner, raising a glass to their host. >> what you have done and become is admired around the world. >> reporter: admired in part because this tiny city state roughly a third the size of rhode island is considered an economic giant. that prowess was on display at this factory run by british company rolls royce. today a pleased kate pushed the final fan blade into the aircraft engine produced here, from big business to the little
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guy. almost everyone seemed to jockey to get a piece of this royal couple. at the end of the day, missing school, lining up in this heat, was it all worth it? >> yes! of course. >> reporter: one british research group estimates the brand value is around $70 billion. it puts them on the brand value of a company like coca-cola. one executive at rolls royce told me today the publicity from a royal visit is priceless. for cbs "this morning," stet ston -- seth stone, singapore. >> no woman wants to have people speculating whether she's pregnant. >> i think she is. >> no woman likes that. >> put as lot of pressure on her as they are doing this overseas trip to asia which is an
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important region of the world. >> wherever they go they are a hit. if you play basketball with the president, as far as i know nobody at this table has, you charlie? >> not yet. >> not yet. would you take it easy on him? bad move says michael lewis. we'll find out what else he learned from following the ,, [ female announcer ] they can be enlightening. hey, bro. or engaging. conversations help us learn and grow.
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best selling author michael lewis writes everything from business to baseball. his latest subject is president barack obama. >> he got unprecedented access to the president for his article, "obama and me." in the new issue of "vanity fair" magazine. his new book about the debt crisis "boomerang" also.
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how does michael lewis get six months with the president of the united states to try to figure out what it's like to be president. >> that in itself tells you about this man who is president. i just sent an e-mail to the press secretary saying we never see his perspective. you never are in the president's shoes. there's so much noise around him, positive and negative. i it's so extracted from what the job is. you know he's working with more information than people shouting at him. i wanted to see what it was like to occupy his space. they came back to me the next day and said we want to do it. i said who is we? i said he wants to do it. >> that doesn't happen to the rest of us. >> here's where it gets interesting. how does everybody else feel about it? >> we don't want to do it. so he drove this process. i met him. the relationship developed. he never once explained why. so, think about political
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people. what do they normally do when they meet you, they flatter you. i think he had read a couple of my books. he must have. never mentioned it. he doesn't do that. he doesn't -- he doesn't expect to be flattered, doesn't like it, doesn't do returns. very cross ways to political culture. >> after the time you spent with him what do you think? what comes out of that gives us new insight into the president of the united states and the office he holds. >> he's interested in the office. he's an interesting cat. >> interesting cat. >> he really is. >> lived on the west coast. >> he's not -- so that he's not as transactional in a way. what he values is relationships. he values authenticity that he's trying to preserve which is almost impossible to preserve in that environment. he's wrestling with the job or with the demands of the job. trying to preserve a kind of
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normalcy. the job is so abnormal. you think about where he came from. eight years ago he could have taken a tour of the white house and nobody would have recognized him. now he's president of the u.n. it's so rare for someone to come in to that office that cold but he had a life before. he didn't have a political life. he had a life before. he kind of preserved that life in the context of a very unnatural situation. >> when charlie says unprecedented access. i was amazed you got on the truman balcony. you were playing basketball. you hear the president says get me my mouth guard. >> didn't understand what kind of a game i was guesting in to. next time i go back i'll ask to play biden's game. that was the wrong game for me. but he's had -- he showed me the teeth he hadding knocked out in this game. so the thrust of the story i was always asking him to take me to this things he loved. truman balcony i wanted him to
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take notice the place in the white house he loved the most. basketball, his body is starting not to cooperate. but it's something he loves. just a way to get at him. and the office. and the office -- so to your question, charlie, one of the things i quickly appreciated and hadn't thought about was this office is about the perpetuating responding to crisis. you come with a plan and get done what you can get done. there's this whole other dimension which the world is coming at you all the time and you have to decide how will you interact with it. >> having covered the white house how much you peeled back on how he spend his personal life. doesn't want to talk about what he'll eat or what he wants to wear because he cite this research that hose the simple act of making decisions degrades one's ability to make other designates.
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>> shopping at costco, you're exhausted. he doesn't want to make those designates because he has to make these other decisions. >> he has a sanctuary. there's more than that. >> most interesting. >> my held goes to bed at 10:00, he goes to bed at 10:00 and there's that period no one bothers him. >> he used to sit up smoking and reading. >> he chews gum a lot. i assume that's what's going on. maybe that's why he went to the truman balcony, he smokes out there and no one would know. he has his ipad. i think he just interacts both with himself and the world in a way that's more like how he did before being president. >> the decision-making process even like on libya, he has his security team around him and how he questions people to get at a decision. >> doesn't want to pollute the
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environment with what he thinks. he gets everybody to make a case even if he knows what he thinks he's cherry picking the best arguments. >> in the end he makes the decision. even if he gets it to where people say i don't think you should go that way. in the end he makes the decision. >> the piece looks at the libyan decision. he can do what -- he can exercise his will. really with the flick of his wrist save the lives of hundreds of thousands of libyans. kind of amazing power the presidency has at times. other times there's an impotence to it. but that was a case where there was no constituency in his cabinet for a decision he made. he made it all by himself. didn't even get the option he eventually chooses in how to deal with the coming genocide in libya, gadhafi marching across the desert, massacring people.
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he wasn't offered an option by the pentagon. he's a person who is willing to step outside the process and reframe the process not just live inside the box. >> it's interesting too that in that time after 10:00 when the first lady goes to bed he's looking at his ipad, watching a bit of television, sports, and he's calling world leaders and we found out just last night he was with the prime minister on the telephone for an hour. i don't know what time that phone call took place. >> i'm sure that's right. if i had to guess when he followed the european debt crisis, these conversations with merkel, that's the person he talks to the most and you think about all the things in the world that affects this presidency that he has no control over. that's in a different time zone. >> of all these admirable qualities did you see anything less than admirable, any flaw in our president? >> yes. this is what's interesting about putting his personality in the
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presidency. everything about you gets magnified. you're a cartoon in some way. and sometimes the cartoon is accurate. and sometimes it's not. but i think the cartoon is taking qualls in him if you just knew him as a person you wouldn't think twice about and blow them up. so one, this kind of preference for a nontransactional relationship. that's a wonderful quality in a person. you don't owe me anything, i don't owe you anything. in a political situation you pay a price for that. that's a culture that demands it. >> which takes to us the other crisis, the fiscal crisis. >> wish we had more time to talk about that. michael lewis thank you. new issue of "vanity fair" is out now. do you have trouble managing your time? mitch albom's new novel explores how we navigate the minutes, hours and days of our lives.
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this recording of a relaxing san francisco sunset was interrupted when a sea gull decided to take off with the camera. you can see the sea gull flying with the camera over the water. it did eventually let go. maybe he didn't feel like shooting that day. >> from "tuesdays with morrie" to the five people you meet in he had vane. in his new novel," the timekeeper." >> we're fascinated with time. waste time, kill time, save time, stitch in time. we always want to go faster and live longer but i don't think we're so concerned about the quality of our time. as i often do with a big topic i
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try to create a simple fairy tale story. this is father time, the first person to start counting the minutes and he's punished for doing that and has to live for eternity in a cave with his hands over his ears listening to people complaining about not having enough time. he has to teach one young person and an old person about time. >> for most of us it doesn't matter who you are, we're all worried about time running out. >> exactly. >> not being here any more. >> one of the characters he talked to is this old rich man who thinks he's too important to die. so he'll freeze himself. father time at one point say there's a reason that god limits our days. and he says what could be the reason. to make each one of them precious. that's really the essence of the book. you can live 100 years and do nothing with your life. if you help no one. or live 20 years and have
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affected the whole world. it's the choices you have to make because we have limited time. >> the sentiment of that. with endless time nothing is special. when you look at your life you'll see that true. >> if we lived a million years we could do everything. be a good guy, bad guy. the fact we don't have endless time it forces you to choose. >> is that why you got involved with haiti. >> i got involved because there was an earthquake and they needed help. i have discovered down, there i operate an orphanage down there now that things move at quite a different time frame there. there. >> watches or digital clocks or computers or cell phones. kids down there mostly worried can we eat and can we have a laugh, is there love in our day. and i find i walk around without my watch on down there and everything moves at a totally different pace. america is not the only way of living, this hurry up and go along not the only way. great educational experience how you can spend your time.
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>> why haiti? there's lot of us places around the world where they need your help. >> i'm one of those people that thinks whatever gets put in front of you was there for a reason and that was put in front of me. i went down there to help detroit orphanage, i think, got hurt and i ended up staying. >> has it done as much for you as for them in your own mind? >> probably more. >> here's what interests me a lot about you. when you read 33 million copies, you have a writer who knows something. and has some kind of gift. what do you think it is? >> oh, i don't know. i think i always okay at telling a story and i think i'm curious about trying to find some meaning in life. so from "tuesdays with morrie" to "the five people you meet in heaven," they are all connected. it's about the purpose of why are we here. "the timekeeper" is true of
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those books. the time with morrie and the time before we go to he had vane. >> what's the answer to that question for you personally? >> spend more time with opinion love. spend more time with your family and less of it working. i write my books to lecture myself more than anybody else. i need to learn the lesson of "the timekeeper" as well. >> what's your best sports story? >> detroit lions managed to get to the super bowl i'll be back here. that would be history making. >> or defending your city? >> may be waiting. >> people defending detroit. >> it's my home. i love it. it's been kicked around a little bit. we're on a come back and i'm proud of it. >> the bailout of the auto company has made a difference in the lives of those people because -- >> detroit is, we had 24% unemployment. we have abandoned buildings.
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we boarded up 100 homes in a single afternoon and the sad thing is we barely made a dent in the neighborhood of how many abandoned homes there were. so we got a ways to go. detroiters are resilient and we'll do it. >> i love it that a experience identified with a city and a place. good extends not only through the sense of a city but the spirit of the city. great to have you here. >> good to see you mitch albom. "the timekeeper" is available now. >> that want does it for now. next, your local news. it's been a great day. ,,,,,,,,,,
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good morning. and headlines the ambassador killed and libya have bay area ties. the 52 world chris stevens that in a mob attack in u.s. consulate in libya. he graduated from cal and went to law school at uc hastings. a doctor where he was taken says the ambassador died of smoke inhalation. three other members of the staff costs are killed. the new-expected to make head at the ends today. they could unveil the-5 and center to score today expected to be on a faster 14 at work. here is the forecast. and in the kids off to school with abundance of
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sunshine and amount of bacteria. in the mountain vacaville area. 57 fairfield and mid-50s in vallejo. today's highs are similar to yesterday with the '60s at the beaches close seventies across the bay area and '80s and '90s inland. the hottest day of this heat wave will be on thursday and unseasonably warm friday to the weekend. the traffic coming up next.
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it still following the traffic alert headed into san francisco northbound to 80 and accidents at geneva involving a big break blocking to lanes. they're going to reopen the lanes hopefully the next 10 to 15 minutes. stacking up at least to daly city. an accident was that highway 4 at railroad heavy traffic out of antioch into the bay. area. things are thinning out to the bay bridge toll plaza it's jammed solid from west grand over crossing. ,,,,,,,,
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